Monday: 7 miles on dirt singletrack on our last day in Flagstaff, 9:21 pace. I did a farewell lap through Buffalo Park and remembered all the many happy years of running I did there. *sniff*
|Goodbye Buffalo Park loop, even though you can be an unforgiving slog at altitude.|
|Goodbye Switzer Canyon deer, even though you like to steal gel packets from the back of my pants.|
|Goodbye $5 Los Altos vegeterian burrito the size of my head, even though...well, there's no downside here.|
Tuesday: Guess what? Rest. Well, if you count seven hours of travel time with a toddler to be a "restful" experience. Because I don't.
Wednesday: More rest, just to drive the point home.
Thursday: 5.5 miles on Lakeshore Trail, 9:40 pace, cursing the humidity the entire time.
|Returning to the Deep South be all like...sorry, I took this when I was pretty much hallucinating. I know it's ugly, and the best part is the crusted gel on my lip. You're welcome.|
Friday: 5 miles around Downtown, 9:07 pace. Yay, I did not miss the invigorating catcalls of home.
Saturday: No running! I took my family to Oak Mountain, because my husband ran the Hotter 'n Hell Trail Race, which is part of a year-long series that ends with a 50k. He came in seventh overall in the nine-mile race!
|Hanging at the trailhead with the other ultra groupies and widows.|
|Taken moments before the start, and probably 15 minutes before W decided to shout "WUN WUN WACE" and run right into the creek head first. Good times.|
Sunday: I found some other degenerates who had skipped the Birmingham Track Club Saturday long run, and we met at 5:30 am to do what most people call the "ten mile loop." But for whatever reason, it's more like 9.2 miles. The guys I ran with are very strict about pace, and we ran 9:30 for the whole thing. My buddy Michael was nice enough to put out a cooler full of iced Gatorade at the halfway mark before we got started, and he is my hero. Incidentally, this was the fourth day in a row where my weather app said "100% humidity." I just can't anymore.
Totals: Exactly 27 miles of running, split into four runs. No cross training or weight training. I'll be back in the routine come next week.
See you then!